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By investing in new products during tough times and engaging in succession planning well ahead of executive transitions, Nucraft Furniture Co. has made continuity a key priority of its business.

Q&A: John Viera, Ford Motor Co.

Written by | Sunday, 06 July 2014 22:00 |

For seven years, John Viera has worked to translate environmental and social sustainability practices into bottom line impacts at Ford Motor Co. As the automaker looks to spread its best sustainable business practices beyond its operations, companies in the automotive supply chain have been the beneficiary of Ford’s decades of research and institutional knowledge, he said. After a recent presentation to the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Viera spoke with MiBiz about the impact of Ford’s sustainability practices across the supply chain and the future of sustainability in the automotive industry.

Executives at Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. expect the office industry to grow through the rest of 2014, although they don’t see a significant increase in business after a slow start to the year.

As the office furniture sector heads toward midyear, executives say sales have begun to trend upward as an updated industry outlook still forecasts stronger growth ahead in 2015.

Given stagnant domestic growth, one West Michigan manufacturer plans to capitalize on export incentive programs as it looks to increase its business in the European market.

The Korean automotive supply base is taking a familiar approach to growing in the North American market.

Manufacturers in Battle Creek have new reasons to consider tapping into the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center when trying to hire new workers or developing skilled talent from within their organizations.

A little known tax credit can result in big savings for manufacturers that generate revenue from exporting.

For Grand Rapids-based coating applicator The DECC Company Inc., a strong focus on industry diversification and building a flexible corporate culture has positioned the 50-year-old contract manufacturer on a platform for growth.

Suppliers to Chrysler may be on the verge of a fun ride.

JCI, Chinese auto supplier form JV

Written by | Sunday, 25 May 2014 22:00 |

By early 2015, the largest automotive supplier operation in West Michigan will likely be under Chinese ownership.

A recent decision by Toyota to move its North American purchasing department from Erlanger, Ky. to the Ann Arbor area clearly excited state officials who touted the selection as an affirmation of Michigan’s role as the center of decision-making in the automotive industry.

A focus on being a one-stop shop for contractors has positioned a supplier of architectural products for growth in West Michigan.

West Michigan e-cigarette company Victory Electronic Cigarette Co. has filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $149.5 million in a follow-on offering of its publicly traded shares.

Many questions remain about what Johnson Controls Inc.’s spinning out its automotive interiors division to a Chinese-controlled joint venture will mean for operations in West Michigan.

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